July 23, 2014

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Community Fund to increase donations to charities after receiving more

MEDINA — The Medina County Community Fund will give $34,000 to 14 local charities this year, Executive Director Timothy Hagerty announced Wednesday.

Last year, the fund distributed $27,000 to programs that provide life skills training to people with disabilities, employment and volunteer services to mentally ill adults and more.

Hagerty said more money is available this year thanks to a $50,000 increase in the Community Fund’s endowment, which now totals about $750,000.

“We had a large increase in significant gifts this year,” Hagerty said. “People in Medina County are very generous.

“As we continue to demonstrate the power of permanent assets I believe more people will continue to help us to grow.”

The recipients of the funds will be announced June 20 at the Community Fund’s Spring into Summer event.

Hagerty said the goal of the Medina County Community Fund is to raise money for other charities so that they can focus on their programs.

“If they could concentrate on their mission and less time fundraising, then all the people in need would benefit to a far benefit to a greater,” he said

Hagerty said the fund remains focused on two main fundraising goals: appealing to residents that can make a “transformational donation” — a gift over $25,000 — and encourage the majority of people in the community to give smaller donations.

“Large donations give us the ability to give more funds to more nonprofit organizations because we will always have those assets,” he said. “Similarly, when a lot of people give a small amount of money that also becomes significant.”

In January, the fund received a $7,625 donation from the 15th Annual Commissioners’ Charity Ball, sponsored by Medina County Commissioners Pat Geissman, Steve Hambley and Adam Friedrick.

Over the years the ball has raised $47,000 for the Community Fund.

Hagerty said an individual gave a $10,000 donation.

The donor, who asked to remain anonymous, said the money came from the retirement account of her husband, who had recently died.

“My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed living in Medina,” she said. “There are a lot of people that are doing great things in Medina County that need a little boost.

“I knew that if I gave this money to the fund that it would stay in Medina,” she said.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.